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Sea Faire Draws Crowds, Despite Heat

The Inaugural Sea Faire at the Glen Cove’s waterfront took place during a major heat wave over the Independence Day weekend, and an estimated 10,000 people ventured out over the course of the weekend. The much-hyped event was created as a way to draw residents and people from other communities to the waterfront, which has been cleaned up in recent years, with plans for major redevelopment.

 

The temperature climbed into the 90s both Saturday and Sunday, and the hot sun and high humidity was likely a deterrent for many people, though quite a few curious folks did come out to hear the music, taste the food (which included gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, sausage and peppers and falafel sandwiches and burgers), sample Long Island beer and wine, and enjoy the carnival rides. The oyster sloop Christeen was available for tours, a pirate show for the kids got some laughs and a slew of vendors braved the heat to sell their wares.

 

 “Our goal was to show Glen Covers and people from across the North Shore just how much has already been along the waterfront and most importantly, to give them a taste of the kinds of events and activities, as well as overall waterfront access, that will come with the advancing of the Garvies Point community over the next several years,” said Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty.

 

Entertainment at the Sea Faire inWhen evening fell and the sun began to set on Saturday, the folks who decided to stay in the comforts of their air conditioning during the day ventured down to the festival. A crowd of about 5,000 people was estimated to have come out for the fireworks by Grucci, a fifth-generation, family owned and operated company that dates back to 1850.

 

“As someone who grew up near Glen Cove and still lives close by, visiting the city regularly for shopping and recreation, I was so excited to see so many people enjoying themselves down at the waterfront,” said Rechler.

 

"Sea Faire festival was a wonderful event to celebrate Glen Cove’s beautiful waterfront,” said Dr. Maxine Cappel Mayreis, who was there with her kids as well as doing volunteer service for the Foundation of Wellness Professionals. “There were lots of tasty food choices, freebies, entertainment, exciting boat rides, carnival fun, a variety of vendors and spectacular fireworks.  Too bad the heat was unfit for families to make a day of it!  Let’s do the next one in the spring or fall!”


News

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


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Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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